Richard Sherman waiting for “the right opportunity” with a contender

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Free-agent cornerback Richard Sherman has yet to get an offer that meets his financial expectations, so he has moved on to Plan B.

Waiting for a contender.

“I want to get to a team that’s competing for a championship, so that’s what I’m focused on and waiting for a right opportunity,” Sherman told Bloomberg.com on Friday. “When it comes, that’s where I’ll be.”

Sherman became a free-agent in March. It’s believed that his contractual demands have kept teams from seriously pursuing the 33-year-old defensive back. There has been talk of a reunion with the Seahawks and a potential return to the 49ers, but neither has materialized. (Some in league circles believe the 49ers have zero interest in bringing Sherman back, under any circumstances.)

Raiders coach Jon Gruden blatantly tampered with Sherman during an interview prior to free agency, but the Raiders never made a move to sign him. He was briefly linked to the Saints.

Most teams have their pre-training camp depth charts set. Once players get injured or potentially end up performing an at unsatisfactory level, an opportunity may emerge for Sherman. However, the contract won’t come close to the contract he was seeking early in free agency. Otherwise, he’d currently be on a team.

40 responses to “Richard Sherman waiting for “the right opportunity” with a contender

  1. Perhaps if Sherman hadn’t gotten all up in Tom Brady’s face years ago, he might be welcome down in Tampa.
    But any team that already has a championship defense won’t need Sherman for more than depth or injury insurance.

  2. Oh yeah, Gruden “tampered” with a guy that nobody wants. Lol. If that’s the case, Gruden tampers with everyone. The league doesn’t want to look foolish and naive, so they never paid any attention to it. But Sherman should be looking at Tom Brady. He didn’t sign with a contender. He signed with a team that hadn’t won a playoff game in 18 years, and his leadership made them a champion.

  3. campcouch says:
    June 11, 2021 at 8:25 pm
    AKA mooch a ring as a nickle back.
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    He would be eaten alive as a nickle. He has a better chance at playing FS.

  4. He is well past his prime as a CB. His best chance for a decent contract is to wait for an injury on a team that mandates they add him later in the season. The more competitive the team is to win the SB and the later the need, the better. If it doesn’t happen, he may end up without getting an offer. If not, my guess is he retires after this season. Either way, this seemingly is his last season.

  5. The reduced salary cap is hurting guys like Sherman and K.J. Wright. Both are still capable of playing at a high level even though they are both well past their prime, but teams simply can’t afford them this season. Sure, they could play for peanuts or sign with a bottom-feeder team, but they might be better off taking a year off and trying to sign next year when the cap rises by nearly 30 million.

  6. Unless he makes a miraculous resurgence or wants to try safety, he looked to be washed in 2020. I suppose he could join a contender as a secondary coach.

  7. He lied when he said Baker Mayfield dissed him during a pregame handshake – so you can scratch off the Browns. Brady would want nothing to do with him – so you can scratch off the Bucs. There are probably a number of other teams with similar negative dealings with this guy so his options, if he has any, will be limited at best.

  8. This is the time in a career when years of being a jerk hurt your chances of finding a team.

  9. He is still way better than any cornerback on the Seahawks team. It would be awesome if Seattle could bring him and KJ Wright back, would definitely improve their chances on making it back to the Superbowl..

  10. Why does this guy continue to get respect after continually proving himself to be a liar about almost anything

  11. Hey Richard, join a contender and play for the veteran minimum? I’m thinking that the answer is a big NO!

  12. RS: I’m waiting for the right opportunity!

    translation: I sure hope someone overpays me, I’m sure I can get something, but I’d like another fat paycheck before I retire. I screwed up representing my self vs the 49ers.

  13. charliecharger says:
    June 11, 2021 at 8:20 pm
    Oh yeah, Gruden “tampered” with a guy that nobody wants. Lol. If that’s the case, Gruden tampers with everyone. The league doesn’t want to look foolish and naive, so they never paid any attention to it. But Sherman should be looking at Tom Brady. He didn’t sign with a contender. He signed with a team that hadn’t won a playoff game in 18 years, and his leadership made them a champion.
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    His leadership made them a champion? It couldn’t have been that the Bucs had most of the pieces in place and went 7-9 with Jameis Winston single-handedly losing 5 of those games. You know, 5 interception games with two of them being pick 6s and add two fumbles, or a pick 6 on the first play in overtime. Want me to go into his 4 interception games? The Bucs only needed even a mediocre QB to be playoff bound.

  14. Sherman has great technique, but he has lost a few steps over the years. Fast wide-outs blow right past him.

    Sherman would be good on a young team, as a mentor….or as a position coach, but his days of being a premier corner are over.

    He’s not waiting for a contender. He’s waiting for an offer…..any offer.

  15. Patrick Mahomes and Sammy Watkins ended his career in the biggest game of the year. Loved it!

  16. I still remember this guy’s face as he watched Malcom Butler intercept Wilson’s ill-advised throw in the SB. Good times!!

  17. Though he will probably never admit it, but reading Sherman’s language, he may be “getting it”….In his heyday, he was good/not great. He benefitted from being part of a very good Seattle defense. To his credit, he did make a few good plays in a few key moments, but he was never, individually, the all-time great that he branded himself to be….and that is not even getting into his abundance of negatives in the personality aspect…..If he needs/wants the extra financial security to finish his playing career, he will be wise to take whatever offer that he is given.

  18. “happyhawkfan says:
    June 12, 2021 at 10:48 am
    He is still way better than any cornerback on the Seahawks team. It would be awesome if Seattle could bring him and KJ Wright back, would definitely improve their chances on making it back to the Superbowl”

    Does the happyhawkfan actually follow the history of his own team and know about the relationship between Wilson and this guy?

  19. Well, if you are willing, the Ravens would love to have you. Only problem is they don’t have too much money to give away. They are a cap poor team.

  20. tell us again how you will never play for andy reid again…
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    my bad, wrong washed up diva…

  21. Wrong side of 30 and continuously runs his mouth. He won’t get signed until some team gets desperate and maybe not even then.

  22. Sherman and Michael Crabtree need to do a pay per view boxing match like Ocho Cinco just did. They’ll both make more doing 1 fight than they would playing a whole year in the NFL at this point. They could put Andre Johnson/Cortland Finnegan, Peyton Manning/Mike Vanderjagt, Bart Scott/Hines Ward on the card as well. I’d pay to watch it.

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